Delivering a swift Progressive Death Metal debut EP, today we have Oneiric Celephaïs with “The Great Flood”. Hailing from Italy, this technically proficient foursome unleashes over 24 minutes of superbly crafted music, perfectly balancing brutality and craftiness. Delivering a balance between Obscura and Persephone, this release is highly recommended for fans of the genre.
Leading with the elegant and dreamy opening of “The Eldritch Dark”, the band slowly eases the listener into their musical world. “The Aeon of Death” delivers the first doses of heaviness with perfectly weaved in onslaughts of intense riffs, a playful bass guitar line, and engaging drumming. The band’s Death Metal core is nicely complemented by the proggier guitar leads and intricate tempo changes, allowing their sound to be instantly catchy and engaging.
Keeping the momentum going, “From Beyond” delivers high-octane headbanging moments with its sheer aggression and crafty musicianship. Not overly complex, and yet still intricate enough to beat your vanilla DM songs, this song perfectly showcases the band’s musical chops and creativity. The most interesting song in the release has to be the dreamy “Vǫluspá”, a 12-minute song that perfectly balances atmospheric elements and the band’s crafty and fast-paced Proggy Death Metal brilliance.
Overall, “The Great Flood” is one hell of an introductory statement from Oneiric Celephaïs. Heaps better than your average release in this genre, this band will surely be turning heads in a few years. If you like bands like Cynic, Persephone, Obscura, etc., this release will be a great addition to your collection.
|Band: Oneiric Celephaïs
|Album: The Great Flood
Label: Gore House Productions
Release: August 7th, 2020
Genre: Progressive Death Metal